Final Score: San Diego 3, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Everth Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run with
two outs in the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres past the Baltimore
Orioles, 3-2, in the opener of a brief two-game set at Camden Yards.
Baltimore took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning on a Steve Pearce RBI single,
but couldn't close it out in the final frame.
The Padres put runners at first and second with no outs, but Jim Johnson (1-3)
was able to get Jedd Gyorko to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Yonder
Alonso, though, moved to third on the play then scored when Chris Denorfia
singled to center field.
After Nick Hundley was hit by a pitch, Cabrera laced a single past a diving
J.J. Hardy to bring Denorfia around.
"To get to (Johnson) is a great accomplishment for us," Padres manager Bud
Black said. "Those are great on the road, they really are, to snatch one back
when they took the lead."
Carlos Quentin had a solo homer for the Padres, who had dropped three straight
games entering the contest. Luke Gregerson (2-2) recorded the final out of the
eighth to get the win and Huston Street stranded a runner in the ninth to earn
his ninth save of the season.
Johnson had converted a franchise-record 35-straight saves entering the
"It was the first time I'd ever seen it happen," Orioles second baseman Ryan
Flaherty said of Johnson's blown save. "That streak was incredible. He comes
in the game and it's 1-2-3, and the game's over. You get accustomed to that."
Quentin opened the second with a homer. The Padres loaded the bases later in
the frame, but Chris Tillman was able to get Cabrera to strike out to end the
Flaherty answered with a leadoff blast of his own in the third to even
In the eighth, Flaherty worked a one-out walk and was replaced on the bases by
Alexi Casilla, who promptly stole second and moved up to third as Hundley's
throw skipped into center field. Pearce then fisted a single to left field,
scoring Casilla easily.
San Diego improved to 5-5 all-time against the Orioles ... Padres right
fielder Will Venable saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end ... San
Diego starter Andrew Cashner gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits
over 7 1/3 innings ... Johnson's last blown save came July 27, 2012 ...
Tillman was tagged for one run on four hits while striking out seven over
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